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Borges and the Jews

Borges and the Jews
By June 3, 2009

If I am not one of Thy repetitions or errata…-J.L.B., “The Secret Miracle” Throughout his life, Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was overwhelmed by a strange feeling of unworthiness. He was, he claimed, unworthy of friendship, love, and public attention. The … Read More

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Everybody Knows: The Novels of Leonard Cohen

Everybody Knows: The Novels of Leonard Cohen
By May 26, 2009

It’s common wisdom that Leonard Cohen is more than just a singer-songwriter: he’s also a poet, a sage, even a religious figure. “Leonard is this almost prophetic voice in music for me. He’s got this almost Biblical significance and authority,” … Read More

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The Jewish Body, Part 3: The Nose Jobs

The Jewish Body, Part 3: The Nose Jobs
By February 25, 2009

So, we know that Gentile men have long been drawn to exotic Jewish beauty, the lure of the other. But what about the reverse? From Samson’s fatal attraction to Delilah to Seinfeld and his (all Jewish) buddies nattering on about … Read More

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Why Jewish Chicks Swallow

Why Jewish Chicks Swallow
By January 8, 2009

“I know this girl, and she’d be perfect for you,” I said to a single man-friend, “except, she has a cat.” Normally, I’d never include such information, but I’ve wised up and realize today’s man, as eager as he might … Read More

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Grumpy Old Man: An Interview with ‘Sissy Nation’ author John Strausbaugh

Grumpy Old Man: An Interview with ‘Sissy Nation’ author John Strausbaugh
By January 29, 2008

Sissy Nation: How America Became a Culture of Wimps and Stoopits (Virgin Books, on sale February 6) is one of the funniest books you will ever read — if you aren’t a sissy. Author John Strausbaugh, a contributor to the … Read More

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What the Angry Atheists Get Wrong

What the Angry Atheists Get Wrong
By July 23, 2007

Recent polemics by proud and angry atheists have gotten many of us—faithful and skeptical alike—thinking better of belief in God. Books like Sam Harris’s Letter to a Christian Nation, Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion, and most recently, Christopher Hitchens’s God … Read More

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The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction
By July 16, 2007

I have a sick fascination with fan fiction, those often epic-novels written by ardent fans of movies, television shows, books, boy bands, video games and, strangely, real people. It’s not simply that I’m interested in the intense fandom exhibited by … Read More

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A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day

A Better Shakespearean Sonnet for Valentine’s Day
By February 14, 2007

With all due respect to Robert Pinsky, it’s not often that Shakespeare’s glorious sequence to “W.H.” is credited with lesbian overtones. Here’s one example of suspected girle-on-girle action, at least according to the excellent Stephen Booth’s annotated Sonnets. What potions … Read More

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